Eat Greater Des Moines


Mission: Eat Greater Des Moines’ mission is to create innovative, forward-thinking solutions that prove what’s possible in the food system. Eat Greater Des Moines is working toward a food system that meets your immediate needs and builds a healthier community for our future. Together, we can grow something better for all of us. We trial new solutions to share and scale into sustainable, community-run practices for producing, distributing, and access food. We empower the community to think differently about what we eat, how our food is produced, and where we can access it. We catalyze change by building a platform and a space for others while providing more tools and resources to people left out. The people we serve are equal partners in our work and we cannot be successful without our partners.

Location: Des Moines (47.5 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: Food rescue transportation, gleaning, business outreach, event support.



  • One-time events: yes
  • Ongoing: yes


When is service needed: Summer and fall there are more opportunities to volunteer, especially for gleaning. Food rescue runs year round.

Number of hours: Flexible hours, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer

Modality: in-person only


Background check required: no

Equipment/logistics needed: Vehicle needed for food rescue. Transportation to location needed for gleaning and events.

Vehicle needed: yes


How to apply: Contact Mike by email at

Contact: Mike Armstrong, 515-207-8908,


Operation information: Cultivating a food system for everyone. We gather extra food that would otherwise be thrown away and distribute it throughout Central Iowa. Eat Greater Des Moines is redefining the food system to work for all of us, so that: Good food isn’t wasted. Our neighbors don’t go hungry. Everyone has easy access to healthy, locally produced food.  Food is produced and transported using sustainable, environmentally friendly practices. Through collective action, advocacy, and innovation, we are empowering people and organizations to change how food is grown, who can access it, and where and how you can get it.

Mailing address: 501 SW 7th Street Suite G Des Moines, IA 50309

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